Flexibility in electronic design – Surviving lockdown and Brexit in the UK
11 February 2021
The coronavirus outbreak and Brexit have affected every business differently. This article looks at one company in Dorset, and its unique experience.
EasyDAQ is a small company which design, builds and sells relay boards. It is a subsidiary of a larger company, GreenHalse Electronics who specialise in electronic design.
At the outbreak of the pandemic, immediate effects were evident. Meetings and exhibitions were cancelled. Company reps did not call by anymore. Projects were postponed. The business is very small and family run. Due to the stock handling and manufacturing processes, work could not be completed from home.
Business needed to continue as some customers were involved in healthcare projects. Adaptations had to be made, and a Covid secure environment was created. 72-hour quarantine began for all arriving stock. Processes for cleansing workers and equipment were put into place. The company prepared for the extra effort that might be needed to help locally and nationally. Company details were shared and offers of help made in areas of design and manufacturing.
An uneasy anticipation befell the nation while businesses waited for reduced sales, closures, and job losses. Local businesses supported each other wherever possible.
An increase in the number of UK sales was evident almost immediately! Was this fuelled by a sense of duty to support home-based trades? Or was it concerns about reliability, supply and transport? Or perhaps by the more sinister idea of mistrust between certain nations? Trade with the U.S.A. suddenly rocketed. UK orders picked up. Production was at full pelt...
Business owners who were still operating were describing themselves as being ‘busy’. There was a core of manufacturing business that was evidently necessary and in demand. The consensus among business owners was that was that there were three important factors at play: Firstly, that there was a desire to support small business. Secondly, that trust was important – products had to be of good quality, often bespoke and supplied on time. Thirdly, that the existence of technical support and communication was important.
This all played into the hands of British businesses, who at their very heart tend to be proud of their products, which are honestly priced, well designed, built with care, often by hand, and are backed up with technical support from skilled people who love to network. Medical equipment suppliers became more reliant on UK businesses than before. The transition through Brexit for small businesses exporting from the UK was smoothly helped by the outstanding work of various global shipping organisations.
2021 needs to bring health and growth for all UK businesses. Easydaq will continue to promote its wide voltage input boards, the designer will create new boards, customers will ask for bespoke boards, the solderer will finish boards by hand, and engineers will answer questions when customers get stuck.
Easydaq is based in Wareham, Dorset and was established in 2002. It is owned by GreenHalse Electronics.
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